Thursday, August 04, 2011

Down to the Wire

So tomorrow is the First Day of School With the Kids (keep in mind, many of us have already been in and around the building since mid-July).  It's a half day and we only get our homeroom kids, and that in itself is a challenge.

Having a bunch of kids for three and a half hours is a bit, well, boring.  For me, as well as for them.  Keep in mind, we're used to 45 minute class periods.  So, in between all the mandatory blah, blah, blah, I've got some fun activities planned that hopefully will get the little darlings out of their seats and moving around and getting to know each other.  (It still kills me that kids actually can sit next to each other for a freaking year and still not know each other's names.)  Hopefully all the talk about code of conduct, and cell phone policy (changing this year and no one is happy about it), and clubs, and rules, and where the bathrooms are and all that very important but dreadfully dull stuff (especially if you are 12) won't drive us all around the bend.

Me?  All I hope is that the air conditioning continues to work as well as it has done all this week and that PowerSchool actually works.  It kept crashing today so it wasn't until about one o'clock before I actually was able to see my rosters and get them printed out.

The good news is that I don't have 37 in my homeroom this year.  I have a more manageable 24.  But then again, 20 kids can enroll tomorrow and who knows what chaos will ensue?

Wish us all luck!


HappyChyck said...

Happy new school year, Mrs. Bluebird! The 3-hour homeroom sounds like a first day nightmare to me...but you're such a trooper, I love how you have some movement involved. It's hard to be still after months off!

K. said...

What is your new cell phone policy? We have cell phone parking lots in our homerooms and students are required to park them first thing in the morning and pick them up at the end of the day when we check planners. Those who *keep* theirs (accidentally of course) have to give them to the office and parents must pick them up. So far it has worked pretty well but the sneaky kids always seem to get away with keeping theirs.